Novak Djokovic: Grass Courts Suit Federer’s Game The Most
by Tom Gainey | July 4th, 2012, 8:02 pm

Novak Djokovic put in another strong performance Wednesday afternoon at Wimbledon. The defending champion beat Florian Mayer 64, 61, 64 to advance to his 9th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal.

The Serb now meets rival Roger Federer who he has defeated in six of their last seven meetings. And afterward the talk was all about playing the Swiss on the only surface on which they have yet to meet.

“He has a variety, great variety, in his game, I guess,” Djokovic said of Federer’s grass game. “He uses his serve very well. He opens up the court. He uses that slice really well to get the balls to bounce low. You know, he’s very aggressive at times. He can defend well. I mean, I guess he’s going to say better, but I think that grass courts are suiting his style of game the most, so it’s going to be an interesting match.

“Very few points decide the winner. I won two years in a row against him with match points down, so I can’t really say I’ve been winning comfortably those matches.”

Djokovic said that having won Wimbledon once before gives him an extra edge and added confidence.

“This year, knowing that I won the title last year, in the back of my mind obviously gives me a lot of self‑belief on the court,” he remarked. “I do try to be more aggressive a little bit, in the important moments go for my serves and shots. This is something that is really important for this surface.”

Djokovic has only lost one set in the tournament to Radek Stepanek, and he’s only lost one Grand Slam match in the last 12 months, that to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.

If Djokovic beats the Swiss he’ll remain No. 1

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9 Comments for Novak Djokovic: Grass Courts Suit Federer’s Game The Most

Michael Says:

Novak is in very good form and so is Roger. It will be an enthralling and block buster match. I would say 50:50 in nobody’s favour. It will all boil down to the game on that day. I love Roger and I like Novak too and so it will be a difficult match for me as a spectator. I hope the best player wins.

dc Says:

Nole – don’t just say it. Loose the match to prove it.

Sienna Says:

It is obvious when Fed is 100% fit he will has 80% chance of winning. When he is somehow a little hampered with back problem they will be 50/50. And is the back as awfull as against Malisse I think he has only 5% chance.

It is all about Fed’s back at the end of the day.

But what the heck he will be 31 next month and he still is the most determined factor in slams (faster slams that is)

As for # 1 ranking. This is it. It is not that he needs the slam or # to define his legacy. It already is the greatest of all time. But it will truly be put beoynd any active players reach when he wins this Wimbly and takes #1.

addicted Says:

@Sienna – If by 100% fit you mean Fed is also 5 years younger, I would agree. But currently, there is no doubt that Fed is well past his prime. If he is 100% fit right now, I would still give Novak a slight edge (51/49 :-) ).

Mark Says:

Fed hasn’t won a slam in two years and now two years older do you really think he is going to win another slam? DO NOT THINK SO!!

Deborah Says:

If this were actual grass court tennis, the Djoker may be right. The match between Murray and Ferrer should put to bed the idea that Wimbledon is a grass court. They were playing a slow HC match on grass. No way this kind of court provides an advantage to Roger.

madmax Says:

Mark Says:
Fed hasn’t won a slam in two years and now two years older do you really think he is going to win another slam? DO NOT THINK SO!!

July 5th, 2012 at 7:53 am
Yeah. I always believe Mark.

Why are you so fixated on Federer?

madmax Says:

How many players have NEVER won a slam in 12 years? Count the numbers.

Mark Says:

Even though I am in no way a fan of any of the four players left in the Wimbledon draw, I do think Murray is the most deserving candidate to lift the Trophy come Sunday.

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